A newly wedded man is currently in coma fighting for his life after falling through a hotel banister on his wedding night, leaving him with severe brain injury, lung injury, and back injury.
Chris Mallon, who is in his 50s, was on his way to their honeymoon suite in West Lothian, Scotland, with his new wife when he fell into a paved area about 12 feet below at the luxury guesthouse.
Mallon’s heartbroken new wife, Avil, said that he sustained serious brain injury, lung injury, back injury and damage to his heart — leaving him in critical condition.
Avil, a graphic designer, has been by Mallon’s bedside ever since the accident on their wedding night at the Macdonald Houstoun House hotel in Uphall.
The 73-room luxury guesthouse is a popular wedding venue with the main building dating back to the 16th Century.
Sharing the sad news on her Facebook page, the heartbroken wife wrote:
“I can’t believe I am writing this post about my husband, my soulmate.
“I just want everyone to know the truth and understand what happened on the night of our wedding.
“Friday was just perfect we had the most amazing day and night celebrating with our family and friends at the McDonald Houston House Hotel.
“At the end of the night after all the guests had left a member of staff helped Chris to take some gifts and cards up to our honeymoon suite which is in a separate listed building.
“At the top of the stairs Chris lost his footing and he went to grab the banister and fell right through the large gap down 12-foot onto the pavement below.
“This was an accident waiting to happen.
“Myself and his family have never left his side and we are just praying and hoping that our love will pull him through.
“Please keep him in your prayers.”
“On top of this he has developed an infection he is still in an induced coma and critical,” the devastated wife wrote.
“I will keep you all updated.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We were called to Macdonald Houstoun House shortly before 2am last Saturday.
“We dispatched two ambulances to the scene, with the first crew arriving at 2.04am.
“We transported one male patient in his 50s to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.”
The incident has been reported to the West Lothian Council and is being investigated by environmental health officers.
On the morning of the wedding Mallon had posted on Facebook: “Looking forward to our big day.
“Hope everything goes well.”